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KABC-TV, Los Angeles, CA | Mar 30, 2009

The tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson has taught us all about the dangers of head injuries. Now, new research is revealing girls who play sports are especially vulnerable to such injuries. And that female athletes need to understand how serious this is.

Reuters | Mar 30, 2009

It's known that people who suffer a brain injury have a higher-than-normal risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and now lab experiments suggest a reason why.

The New York Times | Mar 30, 2009

The death of the actress Natasha Richardson after a fall on a ski slope has further publicized an ugly truth that millions of Americans already know: Hardly anyone outside of an emergency room knows how to respond to brain trauma.

The New York Times | Mar 26, 2009

The 18-year-old runner was rounding third base for home so fast that his batting helmet flew off. The infielder rifled the ball to the catcher, but it caught the runner instead, hitting his suddenly bare head. He scored, walked to the dugout, and five minutes later began to experience a violent headache.

US News & World Report | Mar 23, 2009

Taser stun guns, used by some police forces, can cause brain-related problems such as seizures, according to a Canadian study.

The Press Association | Mar 23, 2009

Long-term effects of head injuries or strokes could be prevented by a new class of Alzheimer's drugs, new research suggests.

Whittier Daily News, Whittier, CA | Mar 23, 2009

Don Weber and Forrest Gump go together like peas and carrots. Both have endearingly slow, deliberate speech, both go out of their way to help people, and once Weber gets to Florida, both will have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of trekking across the country.

The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg,VA | Mar 23, 2009

Melissa Hooppaw had an artistic side, but didn't get to show it much until an explosion changed her life.

CNN | Mar 23, 2009

A blow to the head that at first seems minor and does not result in immediate pain or other symptoms can in fact turn out to be a life-threatening brain injury, experts tell CNN.

The Houston Chronicle | Mar 23, 2009

Behind Dan DeRosa's smiling face lurks a dull headache that never goes away. He suffers from memory lapses and hears a shrill ringing in his ears akin to the lingering squeal of a heavy metal concert.

The Associated Press | Mar 23, 2009

Doctors say sometimes patients with brain injuries have what's called a "lucid interval" where they act fine for an hour or more as the brain slowly, silently swells or bleeds. The lucid interval is why doctors always advise keeping a close eye for up to 24 hours on someone who seems OK after a head injury, in case symptoms emerge.

CNN | Mar 23, 2009

Skiers and snowboarders can cut the risk of brain injury dramatically by wearing helmets on the slopes, some experts say.

The Hartford Courant | Mar 23, 2009

Mike Jennings used to be a space engineer. He gave presentations to NASA officials and answered detailed questions about the components his team at Hamilton Sundstrand were designing to take astronauts into space.

News 10 Now, Jefferson County, New York | Mar 23, 2009

"I can't remember a lot of the stuff that happened. Luckily, I have a short-term memory loss and I can't remember," former Staff Sergeant Brian Wells said of his near fatal incident in Iraq.

St. Petersburg Times | Mar 23, 2009

The date is circled on her calendar. It's one she won't forget. April 19, 2008. She scaled her home to clean berries and leaves from the roof that day. The ladder slipped. She fell and slammed her head somewhere on a barbecue grill below. Everything changed.

The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, VA | Mar 23, 2009

They live together in a Victorian house on a quiet street in this college town. Mostly men in their early 20s, they play video games, watch movies, tell stories and practice playing guitar.

STL Today | Mar 19, 2009

A group of doctors and scientists told Congress on Thursday the U.S. needs to devise a uniform test for traumatic brain injury to be performed on all troops who are exposed to a blast or other violent event in wartime.

Helium | Mar 19, 2009

While wearing a helmet may not look cool, it can save your life. One out of every eight bike crashes results in a brain injury for the rider. A good helmet can reduce the chances of serious injury by up to eighty percent.

Be Smart Be Well, BCBS | Mar 19, 2009

A Traumatic Brain Injury occurs more than twice a minute in America. But Amy, Josh and Jerry didn't know that. They never thought they would end up with a brain injury. Watch this video and learn about the symptoms of brain injury and what you can do to prevent head injuries.

WebMD Health News  | Mar 19, 2009

Actress Natasha Richardson, 45, has died in the wake of head injuries she sustained in a fall at a Canadian ski resort.

US News & World Report | Mar 16, 2009

A new class of Alzheimer's disease drugs may prevent long-term damage from traumatic brain injury, suggests a study of mice by Georgetown University Medical Center researchers.

Macon Telegraph, Macon, GA | Mar 16, 2009

Jeanetta Jones remembers the weather that Thursday morning in 2006. It was clear and a pleasant, late-November cool. The sun was hanging like bright wallpaper above Cobb Parkway in Marietta.

Sporting News | Mar 16, 2009

NHL Players' Association chief Paul Kelly urged the league's general managers on Monday to adopt a ban against intentional hits to the head.

Modern Medicine | Mar 16, 2009

Although the majority of children with mild traumatic brain injury will not face any long-lasting adverse effects, there is a "substantial minority" — approximately 25% — who will experience a significant sharp rise in post-concussive symptoms. In some instances, the symptoms will continue for months. This is according to research, led by Keith Yeates, PhD, in the March issue of Pediatrics.

The Seattle Times | Mar 16, 2009

Zackery Lystedt's last words to his father before falling silent for nine months: "Dad, I can't see." The 13-year-old junior high football player had chased a runner into the end zone and tumbled headfirst into the ground. The collision kept him on the sidelines for 15 minutes. But he went back into the game.

Digital Video & Imagery Distribution System | Mar 16, 2009

Get a good night's sleep. That is seemingly simple, yet sometimes complicated advice from medical professionals as part of a reintegration program for redeploying soldiers who might have suffered traumatic brain injuries, the commander of Europe Regional Medical Command said.

Newsday | Mar 16, 2009

A panel of former boxers and football players yesterday told a forum on head injury awareness that they had never given much thought to the threat of head trauma during their decidedly rugged careers.

The Boston Globe | Mar 16, 2009

When Judy Szczeblowski enrolled in a photography project for survivors of brain injury in 2006, her chin-length hair hid the scar and bald spot that dominate the back of her head, artifacts of the surgery and radiation used to treat a life-threatening brain tumor in 1990. By the time the project ended ten weeks later, Szczeblowski had cut her hair short enough to expose the entire bald spot.

The Associated Press | Mar 16, 2009

A group of doctors and scientists says the U.S. needs to devise a uniform test for traumatic brain injury to be performed on all troops who are hurt in wartime.

ESPN | Mar 9, 2009

Concussions aren't just the NFL's problem. Female athletes like Melissa Inzitari suffer in silence, too. A lot more often than their male peers., Canada | Mar 9, 2009

Giving new mothers educational materials about how to deal with crying newborns could help to prevent shaken baby syndrome, a Canadian study suggests.

Daily Journal, Seneca, SC | Mar 9, 2009

Miracles are more apt to happen in the movies or on television, but they are happening in Upstate South Carolina, too. They may just not be as glorious as they seem on the big screen.

PR Newswire | Mar 9, 2009

The National Council on Disability today released a report recommending changes in the continuum of health care provided to service members and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

KTUV San Francisco | Mar 9, 2009

Staff Sergeant Jay Wilkerson,. who was badly wounded in Iraq, is now a recipient of a scholarship from the Sentinels of Freedom. It is a non-profit group dedicated to helping those injured and wounded transition back into civilian life.

Associated Press | Mar 9, 2009

The number of US troops who have suffered wartime brain injuries may be as high as 360,000 and could cast more attention on such injuries among civilians, Defense Department doctors said Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Times | Mar 9, 2009

In warp-speed modern America, time has become one of our most precious resources. We manage it, and we expend it carefully. Patients with traumatic brain injury may also yield important clues to the brain's timing mechanisms, and what happens when they're disrupted. | Mar 2, 2009

Traditionally, stimulating nerves or brain tissue involves cumbersome wiring and a sharp metal electrode. But a team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University is going "wireless."

US News & World Report | Mar 2, 2009

Headaches have become a common complaint among soldiers who suffered mild head trauma while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. These headaches tend to be debilitating, mirroring migraines in intensity, according to research released Monday that is to be presented next month at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Seattle.

The Banner Graphic, Greencastle, Indiana | Mar 2, 2009

"The most important day is today." Just over a year ago Drew Christy — a 2006 South Putnam High School graduate who had been a star athlete and scholar during his high school career — helped come up with that phrase as the theme for the 2008 football season at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He was a sophomore studying engineering and a member of the football team. Today, Drew and those who love him are living that motto in ways they never could have imagined.

Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Winter Park, FL | Mar 2, 2009

One person dies in a car crash in the U.S. every 13 minutes. If you're one of the lucky ones, you survive; but just because a victim's head isn't bleeding doesn't mean they are perfectly fine. In fact, two million people will suffer from a brain injury this year and many may not even realize it. Diagnosis can be difficult, but doctors are using a new twist to an old scan to help doctors better understand what's happening inside your brain.

Health News | Mar 2, 2009

March inevitably brings everyone closer to the arrival of spring and away from the dreariness of winter but our third month also hosts a widespread awareness of many disorders and conditions. Among them is National Brain Injury Month, the goal of which is to maintain awareness of brain deterioration and cases of sudden diagnosis across the nation.

Insciences | Feb 23, 2009

The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center is studying a new therapy that has the potential to change the way traumatic brain injury patients are treated. One of the only programs of its kind in the country, the First Steps Acute Neurobehavioral and Cognitive Intervention program, teaches patients with brain injuries about survival and treatment.

KETV, Omaha, Nebraska | Feb 23, 2009

Derek Ruth has spent the last six months relearning 13 years of lessons. The Malcolm junior high student's life was forever changed after he sustained a traumatic brain injury during a September football game.

Digital Video & Imagery Distribution System | Feb 23, 2009

A tour of the Traumatic Brain Injury Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center yesterday made a favorable impression on the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In fact, the program is something he said should be spread across the force.

The Los Angeles Times | Feb 23, 2009

Walking, smiling, and fidgeting, 3-year-old Dallas Hextell has become a poster child for the promise of stem cell therapy, a cutting-edge treatment approach that may one day heal diseases such as diabetes, brain injury, and Parkinson's.

The Arizona Daily Star | Feb 23, 2009

Staff Sgt. Chris Mountjoy couldn't hear for three days after the mortar round screamed into his camp and exploded 15 feet away. The open door of a Humvee saved him from the shrapnel, but a shock wave blew him 30 feet into a wall, perforating his eardrums. His hearing came back, but only partially.

Telegraph, UK | Feb 23, 2009

The high risk of epilepsy continues for more than a decade after a serious brain injury, a new study shows.

9 News, Denver, Colorado | Feb 17, 2009

Derek Amato says he dabbled in music as a kid, but nothing ever came of it. In October 2006, he says his wish was granted in the bumpiest of ways. He was playing near his mother's pool when he jumped in to catch a football. "That's when I hit the bottom of the pool," he said.

WWLTV, New Orleans, LA | Feb 17, 2009

It's been called the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Traumatic brain injury may have affected 320,000 service men and women, costing as much as $32,000 a year to treat. Now a local doctor and injured soldier are part of a groundbreaking study that hopes to find a new treatment.

USA Today | Feb 17, 2009

Professional freestyle motocross rider Jeremy Lusk died Monday night after receiving a brain injury in a Feb. 7 crash at the X Knights event in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Insciences | Feb 17, 2009

What's good for human kind is also good for endangered salmon. A protein biomarker under development to detect traumatic brain injury in humans can also reveal the same injuries in salmon that struggle to migrate in freshwater rivers, according to a study by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Reuters | Feb 9, 2009

Expeditious assessment and treatment does not fully explain the survival advantage of patients treated at Level I trauma centers, according to a report in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Capital City Weekly, Juneau, Alaska | Feb 9, 2009

Skiing helps Raymond Carpenter feel like he can accomplish anything. The sport helped him regain health and confidence after he was disabled in an accident in his youth. Now 26, Carpenter is gearing up to represent his country in alpine skiing at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

The Washington Times | Feb 9, 2009

Dr. John Stiller read with interest a New York Times report last week about a sixth former NFL player who died under age 50 and suffered from brain damage normally associated with boxers.

Stars and Stripes | Feb 9, 2009

More than 700 Okinawa-based troops had their brains tested this week, minus the electrodes and wires.

Scientific American | Feb 9, 2009

The Department of Defense created the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in 2007 to help the third of service members with psych and brain injury issues. The centers recently established a 24-hour toll-free hotline number.

The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA | Feb 9, 2009

The photo accompanying the obituary of a 51-year-old man showed a smiling 14-year-old boy. But in the blink of an eye, a traumatic brain injury narrowed Larry Stogdill's world to the size of a hospital room.

Daily Mail, UK | Feb 9, 2009

Ten years ago, I was a 44-year-old successful, versatile journalist, broadcasting on Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. Then one Friday night in February in the center of London, I was knocked down by a police van driving on the wrong side of the road and suffered a massive head injury.

University of Buffalo News Center | Feb 9, 2009

New treatment holds promise for people with brain injury who have lost the ability to understand facial expressions.

Reno Gazette-Journal | Feb 2, 2009

Reno High graduate and baseball fanatic Drew Simpson was barely 18 years old when a fall down the steps at his older brother’s home almost took his life.

The Los Angeles Times | Feb 2, 2009

Researchers examining brains of six deceased former NFL players find similar degeneration. All suffered emotional problems after their playing days, often culminating in drug abuse or suicide.

News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN | Feb 2, 2009

As Norwell High School’s announcer introduces the non-starters on the girls basketball team, the players stand up and high-five teammates. When the booming voice says, “Haley Chaney,” the senior walks out with her teammates, but unlike them, Chaney is not in uniform. She isn’t playing on this night. And she won’t play the rest of the season.

MIT Technology Review | Feb 2, 2009

New kinds of bioelectrodes will help researchers study beating hearts and brain trauma.

American Academy of Neurology | Feb 2, 2009

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy reported on January 28 the results of an autopsy study on former National Football League player Tom McHale. | Feb 2, 2009

TRICARE Management Activity is offering a pilot program that delivers post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury education to civilian behavioral health providers in a convenient, online setting.

CNN | Jan 27, 2009

For years after his NFL career ended, Ted Johnson could barely muster the energy to leave his house. "I'd [leave to] go see my kids for maybe 15 minutes," said Johnson. "Then I would go back home and close the curtains, turn the lights off, and I'd stay in bed. That was my routine for two years. "Those were bad days."

The Star / Shelby, NC | Jan 26, 2009

Months after a fall left him almost paralyzed, Ryan Taylor is getting back into the swing of things. A substantial scar sketches across Taylor's right shoulder; no surgery can help the fractures in his back. The brain injuries could take up to a year to heal.

News 10 Now / Syracuse, NY | Jan 26, 2009

"I was told in high school that I was the laziest and least artistic student my teacher had had in 30 some years, and I agreed with her," said Jeffrey Klapprodt, with a slight chuckle. However, that lack of artistic flair disappeared four years ago last December.

South Carolina Now | Jan 26, 2009

Going without a helmet when riding a motorcycle could cost a person his life, according to two local doctors.

Time Magazine | Jan 26, 2009

Too many kids are returning to the playing field too soon after a concussion.

Jacksonville Daily News | Jan 21, 2009

One Jacksonville family has turned personal tragedy into a way to help other families. Staff Sgts. Robin and Andrew Bristow have opened their lives and their home to start the Right Hand Angels Brain Injury Support Group for individuals and families in Onslow and neighboring counties, as well as across the nation.

USA Today | Jan 21, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs promised Wednesday to slash wait times for disability claims, make educational benefits under the new GI Bill available on time, and seek out treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering hidden psychological or brain-related injuries.

Scientific American | Jan 21, 2009

The biggest gains in cognitive recovery will likely result from advances in emergency room and intensive care practices such as slowing the brain’s metabolism by cooling the body, removing part of the skull to relieve intracranial pressure, and injecting an experimental polymer “glue” to repair damaged brain cells. | Jan 21, 2009

Last October, a 17-year-old Montclair, NJ, linebacker collapsed following a routine tackle. A month earlier, he had sustained a mild concussion but had recovered and been cleared to play. This time, though, when he stood up on the field, he collapsed again. He died three days later of an acute brain hemorrhage. Fortunately, such disasters are rare.

US News & World Report | Jan 12, 2009

Headache frequency and severity caused by traumatic brain injury might signal cognitive deficits, suggests a new study of Iraq war veterans. Reduced sense of smell might also signal need for testing, expert says.

WAVY-TV, Portsmouth,VA | Jan 12, 2009

A Norfolk woman tased by Norfolk Police has filed a five-million dollar lawsuit in Norfolk Circuit Court. Attorneys for Pamela Brown, better known as the "hula-hoop lady," say her arrest was not justified. Brown was tasered repeatedly by a Norfolk Police officer despite her pleas that her medical condition prevented her from complying with his demands.

Daily Sound, Santa Barbara, CA | Jan 12, 2009

Nicholas Cavalier should have spent the past six months waxing down his surfboard and hitting the waves. Instead the 22-year-old local spent most of that time in a hospital bed, blinded by a senseless act and suffering from a traumatic brain injury, limited mobility, and a fierce longing to be out in the surf again.

WCCO, Minneapolis, MN | Jan 12, 2009

It's something we all look forward to when winter rolls around, but often forget to be careful about when we get to the top of the hill. This past weekend, Hennepin County Medical Center had so many sledding-related injuries they issued a safety warning about the sport.

Jackson Sun, TN | Jan 12, 2009

They call it the silent disability, said Laura Mills. As brain injury services coordinator for 20 counties and support group facilitator, Mills has heard poignant testimonies and witnessed brave struggles.

National Anemia Action Council | Jan 12, 2009

Although liberal blood transfusion has become a standard means of treating anemia in brain-injured intensive care patients, recent data has shown that transfusion could be associated with increased mortality and composite complications including multi-organ failure. The findings in this article are of particular interest in the management of traumatic brain injury (TBI), since they focus on anemia and transfusions.

The Dallas Morning News | Jan 12, 2009

Police Officer Kevin Schmidt walks with a little stiffness these days, and he admits to lingering pain in his shoulder. But the 37-year-old Flower Mound police officer isn't complaining after surviving a horrific on-duty motorcycle accident 18 months ago that nearly claimed his life.

MSNBC | Jan 5, 2009

As the Clemson Tigers and Cornhuskers get ready to go head to head, there will be 10 wounded veterans in the stadium trading in their fatigues for red and white or orange and purple.

ABC-2 News | Jan 5, 2009

The American College of Emergency Physicians in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised the clinical guidelines for mild brain injuries.  It is expected to lead to better patient outcomes for the more than one million patients who visit the emergency department every year for traumatic brain injury or concussion.

Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Jan 5, 2009

Each day, they sit with him quietly at the Brain Injury Rehab Center of Milwaukee. There, Ken and Patti Hock spend time with their son Ryan Hock who cannot respond to their words of reassurance except for an occasional, labored thumbs-up. Ryan, 24, suffered traumatic brain injury when a driver who had been drinking and using amphetamines struck his car head-on in late July in Waukesha County, authorities say.

The New York Times | Jan 5, 2009

When Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sustained at least the third concussion of his career on Sunday and was carried off on a stretcher, endangering his availability for his team’s first playoff game on Jan. 11, he was whisked not just to a local hospital but straight into Pittsburgh’s notable history with brain injuries.

The Chicago Tribune | Jan 5, 2009

Rush University Medical Center is one of 11 health-care facilities in the United States and Canada that will share a $4.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify the most effective rehabilitation therapies for traumatic brain injuries. The five-year study will collect detailed records on more than 2,300 patients nationwide who have suffered moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries.

Psychiatric News | Jan 5, 2009

Traumatic brain injury, the hallmark wound of the war in Iraq, may cause a number of neurological and psychiatric disorders, but more prospective research is needed to understand its long-term effects, a committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported in December 2008.

Kenosha News | Jan 5, 2009

For Ronnie Reilly and Nicole Schroeder, and especially for Carmen, life will always be divided into two parts — before the accident, and after. Before, there was Carmen — just turned five and looking forward to kindergarten. Both a daredevil and a girlie girl, she was pushing bigger boys off a hilltop playing king of the mountain one minute, painting her nails a glossy pink the next. And there is Carmen after, silent, motionless, the quiet workings of her brain a mystery, both a source of intense worry and a source of hope to her parents. | Dec 29, 2008

A civilian orthopedic surgeon who has seen servicemembers’ sacrifices firsthand said he believes the nation owes them a debt of gratitude, and that he’ll bring techniques he saw in the military health system to his own practice. | Dec 29, 2008

When the neurologist told Nelida Bagley her son wouldn't survive his brain injury, all she could do was scream.

The Daily News Tribune | Dec 29, 2008

Randy Dippolito has a doctorate in mathematics and a genius-level IQ, but still needs help tying his shoes.

The New York Times | Dec 29, 2008

The former president of a company that refurbished sports equipment for hundreds of school districts pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Newark on Monday to charges that included failure to conduct proper tests on thousands of youth football helmets.

The Boston Globe | Dec 29, 2008

On March 11, 2002, a freak accident on an airport shuttle bus changed Peggi Robart's life in an instant. A piece of ceiling or sign — Robart doesn't know which, since she has no memory of what happened — came loose, hitting her on the head and knocking her unconscious.

Rocklin & Roseville Today | Dec 22, 2008

Betty Bacalu has been a trailblazer. She is the director of Community Clubhouse for Brain Injury, of Akron, Ohio, one of only 15 "clubhouses" in the nation for people with traumatic brain injury.

News 8 Austin | Dec 22, 2008

A brain injury is not just traumatizing for the patient. It's also extremely hard on the family. Tracy Porter found out just how difficult the journey of recovery was when her son suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2004.

DOTmed News | Dec 22, 2008

The NIH has awarded a $4.3 million grant to 11 healthcare facilities in the U.S. and Canada to identify optimal rehabilitation therapies for people with traumatic brain injuries.

MIT Technology Review | Dec 22, 2008

In April, the Technology Review ran a feature exploring the new epidemic of brain injuries in U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the scientists racing to understand the often invisible wounds. One of the central questions — still unanswered — is whether mild brain injuries, undetectable with traditional brain scans, have a long-term impact, especially if caused by repeated traumas. Scientists are making progress using new brain-imaging technologies to find and monitor these subtle injuries.

Cordis News, Brussels, Belgium | Dec 22, 2008

Scientists in Italy and Switzerland have demonstrated that carbon nanotubes improve nerve responsiveness, potentially making them good candidates for the design of 'smart materials' for biomedical applications such as brain repair.

The Denver Post | Dec 15, 2008

For years, the estimated 100,000 people in Colorado living with a traumatic brain injury have had to navigate through the state's services for the disabled without a centralized contact point to help guide them. That changed Monday when Gov. Bill Ritter signed an executive order requiring 11 state agencies to collaborate on their efforts to help brain injury patients.

Washington Technology | Dec 15, 2008

Troops or veterans in remote areas could receive treatment for psychological and traumatic brain injury from mobile units equipped with sophisticated tele-medicine technology if a vision of the Departments of Defense becomes a reality.